Chris Lydon returns to Boston airwaves as WGBH-FM contributor

By Mike Janssen

Former radio host Christopher Lydon will return to the Boston airwaves as a weekly contributor to Boston Public Radio, a daily local news/talk show on WGBH-FM.

Christopher Lydon

Christopher Lydon in his Open Source days (Photo: Mike Janssen, Current)

Lydon will appear on the show Thursdays to discuss current events with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, who debuted as hosts Monday. The duo formerly hosted a show on commercial talk station WTKK in Boston, which switched format last month.

WGBH also announced that Emily Rooney, host of Greater Boston on WGBH’s TV channel, will be Friday’s featured guest. Rooney previously served as a Boston Public Radio co-host.

“The re-formatted Boston Public Radio program reflects the continuing evolution of 89.7 and the growing WGBH News team, which draws significantly on the expertise of staff across radio, television and the web,” WGBH said in a press release.

Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online.

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